Grand tour of Uzbekistan

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  • Duration: 17 days
  • Price From: 1,655€

With this trip we take you to the most famous cities on the Uzbek Silk Road. The program also includes places that many Uzbekistan travelers have never heard of. Let yourself be enchanted by the magnificent Samarkand, the medieval oasis town of Bukhara and the desert town of Khiva, where time seems to stand still. We also let you in on the secrets of the former Buddhist center of Termez, visit the “green city” of Shakhrisab and follow the traces of Alexander the Great in Nurata. In the secluded village of Boysun you can still follow centuries-old traditions, the mountain landscapes invite you to hike and the Aidarkul lake is great for jumping in. Look forward to a varied and varied journey through the land of legendary cities.

Itinerary: Tashkent- Kokand- Rishtan- Margilan- Tashkent- Urgench- Chiwa- Bukhara- Nurata- Samarkand- Schakhrisabs- Darbent- Boysun- Termes- Tashkent

Day 1

Arrival in Uzbekistan

Flight with Uzbekistan Airways to Tashkent.

Welcome to Uzbekistan! When you arrive in Tashkent, your German speaking guide will be waiting for you and will welcome you warmly. Together with your private driver you drive to the hotel, where you can arrive in peace. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2

Tashkent

Her first day in Uzbekistan you can devote all the attractions of the multi-faceted capital. You will visit Khasti Imam Square with the beautiful Barak Khan Madrasah, the Tilla Sheikh Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum made of simple brickwork. Here you can take a look at the Koran, which was handwritten by the third caliph Osman (644 – 656). The visit continues to the huge Chorsu Bazaar, whose oriental smells and spices will put you in the fairy tale of 1001 nights. In the afternoon, continue your exploration in the modern part of the city and visit Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3

Tashkent- Kokand

Drive into the picturesque Fergana valley over the high mountain pass with a wonderful view of the snow-capped peaks. Arrival in Kokand, the former capital of the Kokand Khanate. The tour around Kokand begins with the 19th-century palace of the Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque, Norbuta-Biy Medrese, Modari Khan Mausoleum, which is a mausoleum for all female relatives of the Khan family. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4

Kokand- Rishtan- Margilan- Tashkent

Today you drive to Rishtan and Margilan.

Rishtan is a town (50 km west of Fergana) famous worldwide for its pottery – every third family in Rishtan is a potter. Rishtan ceramics are decorated according to an old tradition that is more than 800 years old. Masters pass on their business secrets from father to son. The unique ceramic masterpieces made of red clay are decorated with classic, naturally produced ultramarine, turquoise and azure ornaments, which are known as the blue glaze “Ishkor”. Continue to Margilan.

Walk through the local bazaar and visit the Yodgorlik silk factory, where visitors can watch the process of making silk with traditional “Ikat” decoration. If the tour is on Thursday or Sunday, you can take a walk through the largest bazaar of the Fergana Valley Kumtepa.

Drive back to Tashkent. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Tashkent- Urgench- Chiwa

In the morning you fly to Urgench. Transfer to Khiva.

Already in the 6th century, the city emerged on the most important connecting route between east and west. You explore one of the best preserved cities on the Silk Road. The former capital of the chiwa khanates from the 17th century has preserved the fairytale atmosphere of an ancient, oriental city to this day. The numerous sights of the historic fortress are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit the old town of Chiwas-Juma Mosque, Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kochna Ark Citadel, Pachlovon-Machmud Mausoleum, Alakuli Chan Madrassah and others. During the tour you will visit the important handicraft workshop. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 6

Khiva- old Forteress- Khiva

Drive into the Kyzylkum desert and visit the Khorezm remains. You will visit the Toprak-old-Kala settlement, which was the capital of Khorezm in the 3rd century AD. It is the only fully excavated monument in Khorezm. The size and ingenuity of the architectural design make Toprak-Kala one of the unique monuments of Khorezm. Ayaz-Kala was neither a city nor a settlement, it was a fortress complex in which groups from the Kushan Dynasty settled. Back to Khiva. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7

 Khiva- Bukhara

As you drive through the Kyzylkum desert, you will discover that even the seeming wasteland has a lot to offer. You drive along the Amudarja River, the life-giving stream of Central Asia. Your guide will also use the time to tell you interesting things about the country and its people. So you can look forward to a varied journey. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 8

Bukhara

You discover this city as “the pearl of the desert”. It is a city along the Silk Road. The city is a true home of Islam in Central Asia that flourished for many centuries. The city is home to hundreds of Islamic schools and handicrafts of carpets and decorations. You will visit the Samanid mausoleum, Friday mosque, Bolo house, fortress Ark, mosque and minaret Kalon, Madrassah Mir Arab, Madrassah Ulugbek and Abdul-Aziz-Khan, domed bazaars and others. The perfect end to a perfect day is the dance performance in a madrassah. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 9

Bukhara

In the vicinity of Bukhara there are other sights that should not be hidden from you. Your guide will introduce you to the secrets of the summer palace of the last Emir of Bukhara – Sitorai-Mohi-Khosa – and show you the Mausoleum Chor Bakr and the Bakhauddin-Nakhshbandi Ensemble. This grave is visited daily by pilgrims and gives you an insight into living Islam. Finally, you will return to Bukhara. You can spend the rest of the day as you wish. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 10

Bukhara- Nurata- Samarkand

We drive to Nurata in the morning. On the way you will visit the ruins of the Sardoba caravanserai and water reservoir. After we arrive in Nurata, visit the sights of the city. Nurata is a famous pilgrimage site where you will visit the Chil Ustun Mosque and the ruins of the fortress of Alexander the Great. The place is also famous for its source of Chashma – it is sacred, along with the fish swimming in the water, and the destination of many pilgrims. Further drive to Samarkand. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11

Samarkand

Capital of Tamerlan, the large city of ancient Sogdiana lies at the crossroads of the main trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and the West. This step alone is an essential point of the journey to understand the power of the Khans dynasty at that time. You will visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the famous ruler Tamerlan. After a short walk you will reach the heart of Samarkand, the beautiful Registan Square with its three magnificent medreses: Ulugbek, Shir Dor and Tilla-Kari, Ulugbek Observatory, Bibikhanum Mosque, Shahi Zinda Necropolis. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12

Samarkand

Today you visit the Ulugbek Observatory (XV century), which tells the fascinating story of the little son Tamerlan, the old tissue paper factory and free time in the afternoon to stroll with your guide in the oriental bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13

Samarkand- Shakhrisabz- Darbent

Today we drive to Schakhrisabs (former Kesch), the hometown of Tamerlan. We visit the “White Palace” (Ak-Saray XIV century), including the impressive remains of the portal offer a unique mosaic decor. Kok Gumbaz mosque in the fifteenth century, the mausoleum Gumbazi Seidan – and especially the Khazrati Imam mosque are reminiscent of the splendor of this city. In the late afternoon, transfer through the mountainous landscape to Darbent. Overnight in a guest house.

Day 14

Darbent

We hike a route of around 11 kilometers along numerous gorges; here commercial caravans traveled from Sogda to India via the Silk Road. Steep slopes, deep valleys, caves ─ a tremendous natural spectacle. At the highest point of the route we enjoy the breathtaking view over the landscape. Overnight in the guest house.

Day 15

Darbent- Boysun- Termez

Your journey takes you further to the village of Boysun, which is idyllically situated in a valley, embedded in the beautiful landscape of the Surchandarja area. You will believe that you are going back in time. Experience the pure tradition here and immerse yourself in a world in which centuries-old culture and customs are still alive. The remote location has certainly contributed to the traditional lifestyle being maintained for so long. You will see a local craft center and a bazaar. The village is ideal for talking to the residents and learning more about their everyday life. Further drive to Termez.

Day 16

Termez- Taschkent

Termez is one of the oldest cities in the world. The city is located on the north bank of the Amudarja and thus on the border with Afghanistan. It is particularly significant due to its Buddhist heritage. Your guide will show you Fayaz-Tepa, a Buddhist monastery complex from the 1st century BC. During your exploration tour you will also visit the breathtaking mausoleum of Hakim-at-Termezi with a tomb made of white marble and the mausoleum of Sultan Saodat, burial site of the Zaiden family, whose members were considered to be direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammed. Termez Archaeological Museum is one of the best in Uzbekistan, so don’t miss it.

In the evening transfer to the airport. They fly to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17

Tashkent- Europe

Transfer to the airport in Tashkent. Here we say goodbye to the group. We have unforgettable memories. Flight home.

Price and travel services

Price Economy Comfort
2 Person 1960 € 2195 €
4 Person 1655 € 1880 €
EZ- Zuschlag 210 € 300 €

 

 

 

 

 

This tour is carried out as a private tour on request, according to your desired date. Prices are calculated in euros per person and for larger groups are available on request.

Changes in the itinerary possible on request.

 

  • Airport transfer
  • Round trip / excursions and transfer in air-conditioned modern vehicles
  • Domestic flight: Tashkent-Urgench, Termes-Tashkent in economy class
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Accommodation in a double room in a hotel / guest house
  • Entrance fees to museums and sights
  • Half board according to the program (16x breakfast, 15x dinner)
  • Dance performance in a Nadir Divan Begi madrassah in Bukhara
  • Uzbekistan tourist map
  • International flights (bookable through us)
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Fees for using a camera in some sights and museums
  • Personal expenses – souvenirs and drinks etc.

This tour is private tour and travel dates are upon request according to your request. Let us organize your dream trip. 

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